PHLUSHers heading for Singapore soon

November 5, 2009
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PHLUSHers heading for Singapore soon

Tickets have been booked to permit two PHLUSH Co-Founders to speak at the the World Toilet Summit in Singapore on December 3, 2009.     Organizers of the eighth annual event invited PHLUSH to share Portland’s experience in increasing the availability of public restrooms with experts from around the world. Barbara Lescher will present...

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Celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19th

November 5, 2009
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Celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19th

Celebrate World Toilet Day on November 19th Seedfolks Roots & Shoots and 4-H Clubshttp://milwaukee.uwex.edu/youth/4h/documents/TheBigSquat.pdf are inviting you to squat with us for one minute to draw awareness to this serious problem. We would like to have a squatting line that winds throughout the church! World Toilet Day is coming on November 19. I know...

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How Save the World with Sanitation

October 28, 2009
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Those are the words of Rose George, the title of her inspiring and informative piece  http://bit.ly/3ibB2V in yesterday’s Huffington Post.   Reporting from Mozambique, George recounts the reactions of group of villagers at the moment they realize the consequences of toiletlessness. Here’s what happens:  a delicious plate of meat and rice is placed in...

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PHLUSH needs community support to take Portland experience to Singapore!

October 11, 2009
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PHLUSH needs community support to take Portland experience to Singapore!

PHLUSH needs community support to take Portland experience to Singapore! Portland, Ore.  October 12, 2009.  Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) has accepted the invitation from the World Toilet Organization (WTO) to share Portland’s experience in increasing the availability of public restrooms.  As an all-volunteer grassroots group we’re now calling on the community...

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Guest Post: Code change is the best way to increase restroom availability

September 24, 2009
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Guest Post:  Code change is the best way to increase restroom availability

By Robert Brubaker, Program Manager, American Restroom Association Code change is the best way to increase restroom availability. 090809rb 8:23 am 090809cm   1:45 pm   546 words A State code expert from Kansas,  Eirene Oliphant has submitted potty parity code change proposals that address some of the ‘long line’ problems women face waiting...

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Restroom design work wins PHLUSH invitation to prestigious international event.

September 16, 2009
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Restroom design work wins PHLUSH invitation to prestigious international event.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human, or PHLUSH, has been invited to make two presentations to the prestigious World Toilet Summit in Singapore in December 2009. Old Town Chinatown?s public restroom advocates are busy preparing 20-minute presentations entitled Public Restroom Design for 21st Century US Cities: The PHLUSH Principles and Innovations in Sustainable Design:...

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Jamison Square needs a Portland Loo.

September 4, 2009
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The Pearl District, Portland’s icon of New Urbanism still does not have a single public restroom on its pedestrian friendly streets!   How can this be? We’re not talking about Starbucks here.  We’re talking about the commons: toilet facilities that serve residents and visitors in shared spaces such as sidewalks and public parks. Jamison...

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Oregon’s Floating Toilets

August 24, 2009
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Oregon’s Floating Toilets

Floating restrooms are available at a number of Oregon locations thanks to the collaboration of the Oregon State Marine Board and local communities.      Linda Robinson of Friends of Gateway Green, sent us some photos. The toilets are pumped out using the same vacuum technology that boaters use to pipe the contents of their...

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Oregon boaters want more restrooms

August 15, 2009
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Oregon boaters want more restrooms

More than half of Oregon boaters say restroom availability is inadequate at  the state’s ramps and docks.    In fact, the lack of restrooms rank third among boaters’ complaints, after boat wake disruptions and no-wake zone violations.  In a survey conducted every three years by the Oregon State Marine Board  54.8% of respondents noted...

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A neighbor speaks out.

May 21, 2009
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A neighbor speaks out.

It  was good to hear from an Old Town neighbor, even one who is understandably distressed.   But public urination is distressing, and especially now that we have toilets at more or less at 1000 foot intervals throughout the hood.   There is a concern we have that I would like to address. We...

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Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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